The Millersville women’s field hockey took the field Saturday to play Kutztown in a PSAC showdown at Biemesderfer Stadium. Millersville came into the match extremely motivated after handing their previous opponent, Shippensburg, its first home loss since 2008.
Saturday’s opponent, the Golden Bears, were also coming off of a thrilling win as they beat Bloomsburg in double overtime on a penalty stroke–only their second win versus Bloom in the last 31 years.
Historically Kutztown has the upper hand in the series winning 18 straight from 2002-2011, but Millersville has turned the table by winning the last three meetings between the schools.
Senior Katelyn Zapp certainly helped keep the streak alive by totaling four goals for the day, as Millersville beat Kutztown 6-1. Her first goal came early after Champayne Hess set her up at the 9:43 mark. A few minutes later, Arianna Grays found herself weaving herself through the Kutztown defense to net a breakaway goal which put the lady Marauders up 2-0 early.
Freshman Kathleen Bishop and Margaret Maclean were able to find some chemistry and provide one extra goal before heading into the half. Even with astounding first half defense, and a firm three goal lead, Katelyn Zapp decided to give the crowd an even better show by single handedly taking over the second half.
Zapp started her onslaught by netting two back-to-back goals in just under two minutes. She did receive some help from her fellow Marauders, as Taylor Parker helped with the set up of her second goal. But that was all the help she needed as she added one more solo goal to put a cap on her historic day, and now has six goals for the season.
Kutztowns lone goal was scored late, but does not overshadow the effort put forth by the Millersville defense. The Golden Bears were only able to pile up a total of six shots for goalkeeper Lauren Stotzin, with her only having to save two. Millersville, on the other hand, was able to total 20 shots for the game, 10 each half.
With the win, Millersville continues to find themselves on top of the PSAC standings having outscored opponents 13-1. Their next game will be played against Newbery for a friendly showdown. Following that game Millersville will host a K16 clinic for youth players which will feature some former Field Hockey olympians.